Colombia held three elections in 2018: legislators on March 11, the first-round presidential vote on May 27, and the presidential runoff on June 17. These were the seats up for vote:
- One president, one vice president
- 108 senators: 102 voted on by the public, 5 automatic seats to the FARC, 1 seat for the runner-up in the presidential race
- 172 representatives: 166 voted on by the public, 5 automatic seats to the FARC, 1 seat given to the vice presidential runner-up
Democratic Center Senator Iván Duque won the presidential runoff on June 17 with 54 percent of the vote over former Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro, who obtained 42 percent. Duque's running mate, Marta Lucía Ramírez, becomes Colombia's first female vice president. The 2018–2022 Colombian Congress will face the task of establishing the legal framework for implementing outstanding parts of the 2016 peace agreement between the Juan Manuel Santos administration and the FARC. Duque and his mentor and party member, ex-President Álvaro Uribe, are both critics of the deal. Uribe won a second term as senator in March, and the Democratic Center party is now the largest in Congress. Presidential reelection was eliminated in 2015, so Duque will serve a single, four-year term. The inauguration is August 7.
Join AS/COA on June 28 to discuss what's in store for Colombia's incoming administration.
Colombia's next president "stands in a really good position to heal the polarization that marked the campaign," says La Rotta, head of AS/COA's media relations and an El Tiempo columnist.
Boosting growth, improving infrastructure, and increasing productivity: at AS/COA's Bogotá conference, participants discussed what lies ahead for Colombia's next president.
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AS/COA's twenty-second annual conference in Bogotá, focusing on the political and economic outlook for the incoming administration, takes place June 13.
Recent legislative elections gave much-needed definition to a crowded field ahead of the May 27 first-round vote.
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Election year politics are complicating implementation of Colombia’s peace deal. The next president could seek significant changes.
Without conflict to bring them together, Colombians are confronting their differences, and engaging in the messy business of democracy.
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From guerrilla to presidential candidate, Gustavo Petro's rise encapsulates the divisions, fears and hopes permeating Colombian politics today.
De guerrillero a candidato presidencial, el ascenso de Gustavo Petro encierra las divisiones, temores y esperanzas que impregnan la política colombiana en la actualidad.